Vancouver, Canada-based startup Vegano launched an online vegan marketplace today that will function as an e-commerce grocery-delivery storefront for plant-based food items.
For now, the service operates in the Metro Vancouver area as well as Squamish and Whistler. The company said it plans to expand to Toronto and Montreal by the end of this year in addition to heading Stateside and launching in Los Angeles.
As its name suggests, Vegano sells 100 percent vegan foods sourced locally to each area the company serves. Up to now, this has been primarily through the Vegano’s meal kit service. Each week, users can pick three meal kits, which are delivered with pre-portioned ingredients and cooking instructions. Vegano says meals can be prepared in 30 to 45 minutes.
The new online marketplace currently sells around 500 items from brands like No Whey Foods, Very Good Butchers, Field Roast, and others. The company said it plans to bump that number of products up to 10,000 by the end of 201. While shoppers don’t have to be existing Vegano meal kit subscribers to order from the marketplace, there is a $9.99 delivery fee for non-members. Members, meanwhile, can choose marketplace items and arrange to have them delivered on the same day as their meal kit.
Vegano says it has experienced a 150 percent growth in sales since January 2021. And little wonder, given the rise in sales of plant-based proteins around the world. Canada, specifically, got a major boost in this area last year when one of its own plant-based food producers, Merit Functional Foods, nabbed a $100 million investment from the government. Additionally, companies like Impossible and Eat Just have expanded their product lines to Canadian restaurants and retail shelves. The overall market for plant-based protein in Canada is expected to grow 14 percent annually by 2024.
Vegano closed a $4.2 oversubscribed round of Series A funding in March of this year. Funds are going towards scaling the company, and growing its marketplace and CPG offerings, in addition to accelerating product development. The company also plans to launch its own line of products to its marketplace by the end of this year.
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